An estimated two billion people lack the medicines they need. The 2016 Access to Medicines Index analyzes pharmaceutical companies’ efforts to improve access to medicines, vaccines and diagnostics for low- and middle-income countries.

Sabin Vaccine Institute President Dr. Peter Hotez gave the keynote address on NTDs at the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers’ XXXI International Conference, focused on NTDs and rare diseases.

Sabin Vaccine Institute Partners with King Saud University to Build Vaccine Research and Development Capacity in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 22, 2016 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute is partnering with King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to advance vaccine research and development capacity in the Middle East and North Africa. As part of the new $6.6 million agreement, Saudi scientists will receive technical training in vaccine development at the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP) laboratories in Houston, Texas.

Last year, the leaders of some of the wealthiest nations pledged help control and eliminate the most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020.

This article was originally posted on the DSW Blog.

Photo: Sabin CEO Michael W. Marine, Ambassador (Ret.), with Former President of Ghana, John Kufuor

by Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics and the University Professor of Biology at Baylor University.

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